updated 07:45 pm EDT, Wed June 22, 2011
Formal suit delayed amid private talks
Viacom and Time Warner are reportedly attempting to privately settle their ongoing legal battle over content streaming on Apple's iPad and similar devices. District Judge Leonard Sand has approved an agreement that effectively stalls the formal litigation process while the parties attempt to find a resolution outside of the court.
The disagreement centers around Time Warner's TWCable app, which allows users to stream TV shows from the iPad. Viacom argues that such apps fall outside of existing agreements outlining accepted forms of content distribution; the stance is also said to be held by other companies such as News Corp and Discovery Communications.
Companies such as Time Warner and Cablevision contend that their iPad apps serve as simply another screen for users already paying for access via traditional cable TV connections.
Time Warner and Viacom have yet to publicly acknowledge private negotiation. It remains unclear if the companies will be able to resolve the situation without reengaging the formal lawsuits. [via Reuters]